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Friday, October 8, 2010

Technical Adviser and Communications Officer

WLF is opening an office in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The TA/CO will play a major role in expanding WLF's tobacco control programs in Africa. He/she will provide assistance to governments and non-governmental organizations and help to implement WLF communications initiatives in Tanzania and throughout Africa. The position is currently budgeted for 24 months but is subject to renewal.
While our tobacco control work in Tanzania and Africa will chiefly rely on a single staff person, one of WLF's chief strengths is its large international network of public health organizations and experts. While tobacco control experience is highly desirable for this position, the TA/CO will receive the training needed to become expert in this area. He/she will also grow to know and rely on a larger network of tobacco control communication experts and will be supported by our team. Although his/her primary work will be in tobacco control, the TA/CO will also provide communications assistance to WLF's maternal health program as needed.
The TA/CO will report to WLF headquarters in New York. Extensive travel within Africa and abroad may be required.
Duties include:
WLF Representation, Relationship Building, Technical Assistance
Act as WLF representative, providing technical and communications expertise with government and NGO stakeholders;
Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders, including government ministries, non-governmental organizations, and other local partners, with the strategic aim to build long-term programs and opportunities;
Represent WLF at conferences and meetings with government and NGO stakeholders;
Develop a political mapping document on current tobacco control situation in Tanzania and Africa, including SWOT analyses and strategic thinking documents as needed.
Mass Media Strategy and Implementation
Provide government and NGO stakeholders with technical assistance on tobacco control policies and programs;
Advise stakeholders on communications strategies related to tobacco control and related policy;
Provide technical assistance in the development of mass media advertising campaigns, including agency selection and management, message pre-testing, creative development, production, media planning, and campaign evaluation;
Project-manage communications activities as needed;
Monitor grants and contracts, with particular attention to mass media deliverables, to ensure timely execution and implementation.
Marketing and Public Relations
Execute marketing and public relations strategies on behalf of WLF in Tanzania and Africa with respect to all WLF activities in Africa;
Provide support and assistance on events such as workshops, training events, campaign launches, and press conferences, including coordination and execution of public relations initiatives, materials development, invitations, talking points, venue logistics, and translation support, as required;
Write press releases, statements, letters to the editor, questions and answers, fact sheets, columns, website copy, and other materials as needed to provide information to the press both proactively and reactively; maintain media list.
Reporting and Other
Provide regular reports on progress of activities and of developments related to WLF's programs;
Assist with drafting of reports, presentations, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, as required;
Handle administrative responsibilities as needed.
Qualities and qualifications:
Masters degree preferred
Excellent judgment, initiative-taker
Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously
Superior organizational skills
Capacity to work independently and collaboratively in an international team environment with solid interpersonal, verbal and presentation communication skills
Strong computer skills - MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Background or strong interest in public health, tobacco control
Fluency speaking, reading and writing in both Swahili and English. French is highly desirable
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and salary history.
Preferred qualifications: Background in communications, public health, marketing, public relations, policy.
How to apply
Email your resume and cover letter, along with the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references, to
Reference Code: RW_89KP8K-25

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